Young Irelands celebrate Junior win

Dundalk Young Irelands secured a memorable league and championship double when they lifted the Junior title with a one-point victory over Glyde Rangers on Sunday.
Mark Savage was the scoring hero for the Dundalk men as his goal early in the second half helped secure a 1-4 to 0-6 win at St Brigid’s Park.
It was a fitting end to a magnificent year for the Irelanders as they bounced back from the disappointment of being relegated in both league and championship at the end of 2017.
Under the guidance of manager Adrian O’Donoghue, and selectors Kieran Maguire, Packy Maguire and Gary O’Donoghue, they turned in a magnificent season and deservedly booked their return to the intermediate ranks.
After the game, team captain Cian O Naraigh, sparked great celebrations when he accepted the Christy Bellew Cup from Co Board chairman, Des Halpenny.
The Dundalk struggled to find their best form in the first half but points from Cian O’Donoghue and Dean Maguire saw them trailing by just 0-3 to 0-2 in a low-scoring first half.
The Young Irelands then took a grip on the game at the start of the second half when Savage’s goal was followed by points from Jordan O’Donoghue and Dermot Mone.
The Tallanstown side fought back in the closing stages and reduced the gap to one point but the Irelanders held out for a famous win.

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